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Fatima Morning Offering: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, February 28, 2024

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Daily Readings for Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Reading 1: Jeremiah 18:18-20, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 31:5-6, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 31:14-16, Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

Saint John Damascene

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Saint of the Day for December 4

(c. 676 -749)
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Saint John Damascene’s Story

John spent most of his life in the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed protected by it.

He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years, he resigned and went to the Monastery of Saint Sabas.

He is famous in three areas:

First, he is known for his writings against the iconoclasts, who opposed the veneration of images. Paradoxically, it was the Eastern Christian emperor Leo who forbade the practice, and it was because John lived in Muslim territory that his enemies could not silence him.

Second, he is famous for his treatise, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, a summary of the Greek Fathers, of which he became the last. It is said that this book is for Eastern schools what the Summa of Aquinas became for the West.

Third, he is known as a poet, one of the two greatest of the Eastern Church, the other being Romanus the Melodist. His devotion to the Blessed Mother and his sermons on her feasts are well known.

Saint John Damascene's liturgical feast is celebrated on April 30.


Reflection

John defended the Church’s understanding of the veneration of images and explained the faith of the Church in several other controversies. For over 30 years, he combined a life of prayer with these defenses and his other writings. His holiness expressed itself in putting his literary and preaching talents at the service of the Lord.


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Lenten Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen. Our Father... MARY, Mother of Jesus, you were Jesus' gift for us from the Cross. He gave you to ...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Reading 1: Isaiah 1:10, Reading 1: Isaiah 1:16-20, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 50:16-17, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 50:21, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 50:8-9, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 50:23, Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

Bishop Joseph Strickland Changes Conservative Commentary on IVF with Courageous Speech at CPAC

Bishop Joseph Strickland spoke at CPAC, delivering a remarkable address. Known for speaking from the heart and a deeply prayerful mind, the bishop found himself in a unique position to address the recent legal decision, Alabama Supreme Court, in the case of LePage v. Mobile Infirmary Clinic, Inc.. This decision ruled that embryos conceived through IVF were legally considered children without exception based on developmental stage or physical location.

5 prayers you should say this Lenten Season

Each and every day we are called on to become closer to God. We can answer that call with our actions and our prayers. This Lenten Season take a step closer to the Lord with these special Lenten prayers.

Daily Readings for Monday, February 26, 2024

Reading 1: Daniel 9:4-10, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 79:8-9, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 79:11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 79:13, Gospel: Luke 6:36-38

A Lenten Reflection On Repentance

St. Maximus the Confessor once wrote: 'God's will is to save us, and nothing please him more than our coming back to Him in true repentance.'

Grace before Meals #1: Prayer of the Day for Monday, February 26, 2024

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.